7 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari- Wildlife & Chimp Watching.
Looking for ultimate Uganda safari to visit African primates? Book 7 days Uganda gorilla trekking & Chimpanzee safari to explore the best 3 National parks of Uganda with Primate Safaris Uganda. Primate Safaris Uganda has extensively written much about the primates of Uganda like the Mountain Gorillas, Golden Monkey & Chimpanzee.
Experts of Primate Safari Experience will tailor the best Uganda Safari including Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga National park & Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale forest national park.
Summary of the Trip
Day1: Transfer to Kisoro
Day2: Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga
Day3: Golden Monkey Tracking
Day4: Sabinyo hike
Day5: Fly to Kasese
Day6 : Chimpanzee Tracking
Day8: Transfer to Kampala
Detailed Travel Plan
Day 1: Transfer from Entebbe to kisoro
After early morning breakfast, you will be checked in at the airport for the domestic flight to connect to kisoro town located in southwestern Uganda where tourism is booming. The town is bordered by Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park & Mgahinga National Park which are the top Safari parks for primate Safaris in Uganda.
Upon arrival at kisoro Airstrip, you will be transferred from there to the lodge where you will be spending your overnight, Luxury Clients who are doing gorilla trekking in Mgahinga National Park stay at Gahinga Lodge and those of Bwindi Stay overnight at Clouds Lodge. In the evening hours, you will visit the coffee plantations in the nearby areas and learn about the Coffee making process in Uganda. Dinner and Overnight at Gahinga Lodge ( Luxury Lodge in Mgahinga National Park ) Meals Full Board.
Day 2: Mountain Gorilla trekking Experience
After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Mgahinga national park headquarters where you will have your permits verified and then be briefed by the park guide about the activity. Mgahinga National park is located within the Virunga massif which is having the same vegetation cover like that of Virunga National Park Congo & Volcanoes national park Rwanda the second top destinations for a gorilla trekking experience.
Unlike Bwindi, the vegetation in Mgahinga is not so thick as its not a rain forest but a mountainous vegetation cover type and you will then start gorilla trek through the tropical forests. The Gorilla search in the park takes between 3-5 hours depending on where the gorillas spent their previous night. Gorilla watching will last for one hour unlike the gorilla habituation which lasts for 4 hours and this allows you to see them play, learn about their daily life, and also take photos of Mountain gorillas.
During the gorilla trekking experience in the Mgahinga national park, you may spot some other primates that live in the forest like vervet monkeys, baboons and if lucky some golden monkeys. You will as well expect to spot various bird species that live within the Mgahinga park. Return to the lodge, refresh. Dinner and overnight at the Gahinga Lodge.
Day 3. Golden monkey Tracking
Due to the fact that among the top primates found in Mgahinga national park include golden monkey. it would be bad to leave the destination without spotting the golden monkeys which are found in Volcanoes
After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to the park headquarters where you will be briefed about the activity. You will then start the trek through the park vegetation to look for the golden monkeys.
Golden monkeys are an endangered species of monkeys that are mostly found in the Virunga region and live in the bamboo zone of the mountains. The activity takes between 3-5 hours. You will expect to spot the monkeys jumping from one bamboo plant to another as they go about their daily life. You will keep following the monkey (some good fitness level would be required). Return to the hotel, refresh, and have lunch. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Sabinyo hike
Wondering about whats the experience of hiking in the Virunga Volcanoes looks like? Don’t miss the chance to hike the famous Sabinyo Volcano found in the Mgahinga national park which is part of the Virunga mountains. Primate Safari Experience has tailored the Climbing of the sabinyo volcano with the experienced tour guide of Uganda Wildlife Authority.
After breakfast, the guide will drive to the Mount Sabinyo hike starting point. The park guide will brief you about the activity, be assigned guides, and porters. The hike to the top will take you about 5-6 hours. You will move through the tropical vegetation, proceed through some bamboo and shrubs and grasses. The top of your mountain, you will be standing in 3 countries, have beautiful views of the Virunga massif; the volcanoes and other highlands, ridges, and valleys which are covered with beautiful vegetation. You will then descend back to the base where your driver will be waiting. You will then drive back to the hotel where you will have dinner and spend the night.
Day 5: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
After Morning breakfast, you will be check-in again at Kisoro Airstrip and transfer to Kasese airstrip where you will find the most awaiting experienced tour guide that will pick you and transfer you to Kibale forest national park. The journey from Kasese Airstrip will take around 2 hours to get to papaya Safari lodge on the edges of Kibale forest national park which is known for Chimpanzee Tracking and other nature walks to spot other primates in Africa. In case time allows, you will go for a community walk in the nearby community alternatives you will go swimming in the water pool. Dinner and overnight at Papaya Safari lodge.
Day 6: Chimp Tracking in Kibale National Park
After Heavy breakfast and having your packed lunch, the experienced guide will drive you to Kibale forest national park headquarters for briefing about the chimpanzee tracking rules and regulations to be followed by the Chimpanzee Trekkers.
Most tourists visit the park to trek chimpanzees as it’s among the top tourist attractions in the jungle of Kibale national park. Apart from the chimpanzee, the forest is home to other primates like monkeys, mangabey, baboons, wild pigs, various fish species among others. Chimpanzee trekking can be done in the morning; which starts at 8 am, mid-morning; starts at 11 am, and in the afternoon; starts at 2 pm. However, clients that will have booked chimpanzee habituation will have to take note that it starts in the morning and its a full day safari activity.
You will then start the trek through the forest to look for the chimps. Unlike mountain gorillas, chimpanzees keep moving around the forest and jump from one tree to another as they go about their daily life. So do not expect to find them in one place. As you trek the chimps, you will expect to see other primates that live in the forest as well as various bird species like the great blue turaco. You will then return to the lodge refresh and have lunch. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 7: Transfer back to Kampala
After breakfast at the lodge, you will check out and transfer back to Kampala.
- Gorilla Trekking Permit
- Chimpanzee Tracking Permit
- Full board accommodation as per the itinerary
- Drinking water while on the tour
- Ground transportation and fuel as per the itinerary
- Personal Items